New Delhi, Sep 28: The Supreme Court today (September 28) tore into the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for daring to defy the implementation of the Justice RM Lodha Panel which had suggested reforms.
The Lodha panel, on Wednesday, submitted its report on the BCCI to the Supreme Court. It said that the BCCI is not implementing its recommendations. (Lodha Panel sets deadline for Indian cricket board)
The panel, while pleading for an early hearing on the matter, also stated that it had recommended measures to improve the functioning of the BCCI.
The Lodha Panel in its report also sought for the removal of BCCI top brass. Further the report also seeks an appointment of an administrator to implement the reforms.
This would mean that the panel is seeking the removal of the top brass which would include president Anurag Thakur.
The panel has accused the BCCI of not cooperating in implementing the reforms although the six-month deadline is fast approaching. The SC had set a 6-month deadline for the implementation of the panel recommended reforms.
The Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, heading the Bench, agreed to the submission made by the Lodha Panel. The Supreme Court had constituted the Lodha panel to suggest reforms in the functioning of the BCCI. (Lodha Panel recommendations harsh: Gavaskar)
Chief Justice Thakur however took to task the BCCI while stating that it was trying to defy the orders of the Supreme Court.
The court had directed the BCCI to implement the measures suggested by the panel. In a series of stinging observations, the court said, "you are daring to defy then implementations of the Supreme Court mandated reforms. We will not let you defy the court. We will pass appropriate orders to set you right."
Further the court said, "stop behaving like lords. Fall in line. Respond to the Lodha panel's report accusing of stalling reforms by October 6."
The BCCI is trying to bring disrepute to the system. If it can dare to defy the Supreme Court then allegations of irregularity must be true, the Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India also observed.